Dancing Cop Tony Lepore Brings Cheer While Directing Traffic

Photo by: Stephan Savoia/AP
Lepore retired from the police force in 1988 to run a food-and-vending service with his brother. But when the city asked him to come back in 1992, he agreed. For 10 days ... more 
Photo by: Stephan Savoia/AP
Lepore retired from the police force in 1988 to run a food-and-vending service with his brother. But when the city asked him to come back in 1992, he agreed. For 10 days every December he dances as he directs traffic, earning $1,200—a payment he insisted that the city keep at 1992 rates. Now 65 years old, Lepore—who has two grown children and two grandkids—lives with his wife in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. less 
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Wed, Dec 19, 2012 1:56 PM EST
Officer Tony Lepore is a holiday tradition in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. The police veteran comes out of retirement every year for one reason and one reason only: To direct traffic. While dancing.



"He is a Rhode Island landmark, more or less. He's an icon, he's like a little mini celebrity," Michelle Peterson, an emergency medical technician who lives in Warwick, Rhode Island, told The Associated Press. "It feels good to see him out here; it definitely brings the holiday spirit." We took a look at some of his moves and we have to admit, we'd risk a jaywalking ticket to get a closer look. -- By Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine.